Several years ago I read the book "One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity," and it changed my life. I know that sounds so cliché but it’s true. Here’s why…
The book recommends starting each day with a gratitude. “I find that starting my day with an attitude of gratitude sets my thoughts on a positive path,” writes Debbie Macomber.
“Thinking about [five things] I have to be grateful fills my heart with joy and sets the course for my day.”
Focusing on five positives in my life keeps me from fixating on the things I want instead of feeling blessed by what I have. (Waiting can be so hard. Can anyone else relate to this?)
Five years ago, I purchased the land that is known today as Enchanted Acres but it didn’t look very enchanting at that time! There was literally an acre-wide junk pile filled with old grain wagons, broken down rabbit hutches, feed bunks, cement foundation and the like. The grove was lined with bales of woven wire, piles of cinder block, scrub trees and noxious weeds.
I wanted clean, open spaces. I wanted a barn. I wanted goats and more goats. I wanted so much that it was difficult to count my blessings.
Taking time to count my blessings is one reason I’ve diligently posted “30 Days of Thanks” on Facebook for several years during the month of November. These posts remind me of all the people and organizational leaders who have helped me or helped me support a cause, plus these posts allow me to show them my appreciation.
November is a great time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, too. This year we raised a bumper crop of pumpkins and squash. Even if you don’t have a pie pumpkin on your counter, you can still put fall flavors on your kitchen table! The following recipe would make a great side dish for pork chops, ham or even leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I’m looking forward to giving it a try soon.